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Joy Callaway’s love of storytelling is a direct result of her parents’ insistence that she read books or write stories instead of watching TV. Her interest in family history was fostered by her relatives’ habit of recounting tales of ancestors’ lives. Joy is a full-time mom and writer. She formerly served as a marketing director for a wealth management company. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Marshall University and an M.M.C. in Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina. She resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband, John, and her children, Alevia and John.


She has one last chance to prove she chose the right course for her life.

In 1908, young Dorothy Tuckerman chafes under the bland, beige traditions of her socialite circles. Only the aristocracy’s annual summer trips to The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia spark her imagination. In this naturally beautiful place, an unexpected romance with an Italian racecar driver gives Dorothy a taste of the passion and adventure she wants. But her family intervenes, sentencing Dorothy to the life she hopes to escape.

Thirty-eight years later, as World War II draws to a close, Dorothy has done everything a woman in the early twentieth century should not: she has divorced her husband—scandalous—and established America’s first interior design firm—shocking. Now, Dorothy returns to The Greenbrier with the assignment to restore it to something even greater than its original glory. With her beloved company’s future hanging in the balance and brimming with daring, unconventional ideas, Dorothy has one more chance to give her dreams wings or succumb to her what society tells her is her inescapable fate.

Based on the true story of famed designer Dorothy Draper, The Grand Design is a moving tale of one woman’s quest to transform the walls that hold her captive.

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A beautifully written historical romance novel to enjoy. Joy Callaway has impeccably researched the life of Dorothy Draper from her days as ‘Greenbrier’ debutante to her return as the hotel’s decorator. Five Stars! — Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Company, Inc.

A backstage peek into the life of one of America’s most famed designers–and most glittering hotels–The Grand Design is a spellbinding tale of a woman’s quest to escape the confines of upper crust society and make her own way in the world. Joy Callaway effortlessly captures the essence of Dorothy Draper, a woman who was determined to live life on her own terms–and changed the field of interior design forever in the process. With vivid characters, illuminating prose, and perfect pacing, this novel is as captivating and confident as the heroine at its center. Callaway shines as a master storyteller. — Kristy Woodson Harvey, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Veil

Joy Callaway’s The Grand Design is a high-society drama and a deep dive into the life of Dorothy Draper, an interior decorator who refused to play it safe. It is an ode to the beauty of West Virginia and an exploration of a woman determined to follow her own path–both illuminating and lyrical. — Meredith Jaeger, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Pilot’s Daughter

Moving between the two story lines, Callaway’s latest showcases the glamour of the Gilded Age as well as Dorothy’s real-life postwar design for the resort. A treat for historical fiction fans. — Booklist

Real-life interior designer Dorothy Draper and her renovation of West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort anchor this transportive historical from Callaway (Secret Sisters) . . . Callaway’s dialogue captures the cadences and concerns of the American upper crust, and the society drama is sure to please fans of such aristocratic historicals as The House of Mirth and The Gilded Age. The result is an elegant testament to succeeding on one’s own terms. — Publishers Weekly


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